You have heard it said, “you can fool man most of the time, but you can’t fool God none of the time.” This expression speaks to the pretense that’s behind many of the perceived good deeds; it’s time for a D & D realignment. Our desires and deeds must be congruent and they must be pure. Oh too often deeds are done because we want an exchange, an exchange that’s formulated in our minds driven by the insincere or impure desires that remain hidden from the recipient of the good deeds. Oh what a tangle web we weave when we try to deceive.
Not only am I talking about the big nasty web that’s spun for the lust of pleasure, power, position, and prestige, but I’m also talking about the small pseudo innocent web that’s spun to produce a certain attitude or behavior in others. Regardless of the web, if the motivation isn’t driven by love, and love only, then the deed is dead in God’s eyes. Going forward may we all have righteous desires generating our deeds.
All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
but motives are weighed by the Lord – Proverbs 16:2 (NIV)
“I the Lord search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.” – Jeremiah 17:10 (NIV)
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)